Sunday, April 16, 2006

I Need Shock Therapy.

Last night, I think everyone in the city of Atlanta who is a regular live music goer was smooshed in at the Drunken Unicorn to see Snowden, who just signed with Jade Tree Records, and The Selmanaires. Snowden had a super set that had them feeding the audience all kinds of teasers from their pending August album release. I think my favorite part of the set was the cover of "I Would Die 4 U" by Prince, which they nailed and showed that it was the perfect song choice for them (am I sounding too Simon Cowell here?). The insane number of people in the crowd, coupled with the heat and beer consumption had me there only until halfway through The Selmanaires set, but in that time, I certainly enjoyed what I was hearing, and I can understand now why they are so well-loved by the music community. Thumbs up to them.

But, you know I couldn't go to a show with three bands and get satisfaction from all of them, didn't you? The opening band last night was one that I have seen before opening for Boulevard at the EARL. I didn't like them then, and I don't like them now. The band is Shock Cinema. When I walked into the Unicorn, they were on a darkened stage with no lights, and I noticed that my most favorite movie, Mommie Dearest, was playing on a projection screen behind the band. I got excited that maybe the whole movie would be playing and not just snippets so that I could mutter, "No wire hangers!" under my breath to drown out the monstrosity of mediocre sound floating from the stage. Maybe I'm just not "indie" enough to appreciate electronic music that is completely overshadowed by singing that is not so much singing as it is talking/screaming into a microphone to the point where it sounds like a cat giving birth. Right at the end of their set, one of the guys came to the front of the stage and started throwing out some kind of rap, and I couldn't really pinpoint exactly where that was supposed to fit in...if I wanted to hear rap, then I'd go to Club 112. Anyways, I'm going to be sure to steer clear of this in the future.
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